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Scottie Pippen stated in a recent interview that he wasn't surprised LeBron James returned to Cleveland.

"I wasn't surprised, I kind of figured he'd go back [to Cleveland]," Pippen said. "I don't know if he could hold that team up. I think [Dwyane] Wade's physical ability had him thinking like, 'Hey, maybe this is not the place I need to be.' It was a great run for them. They weren't as successful as they thought they would be, but you went to the Finals four times, so you can't hold your head down too much about that."

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David Blatt said that he plans to occasionally use LeBron James as a stretch 4 next season.

"I just came from the land of the stretch 4s," Blatt said during an interview on Grantland. "Stretch 4s became popular in the United States because of Europe. If anyone knows that style of play, it's probably me. Yeah, you'll see LeBron there." James thrived as a small-ball power forward in Miami, becoming one of the best post scores in the league. It will be interesting to see how Blatt plans to use James' position versatility next season.

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LeBron James has finalized his contract with the Cavs and it is for just two years, including an opt-out for next summer, and presumably a maximum amount of $42.1 million.

Sources around the league had intimated that he wanted a short-term deal and this confirms that. ESPN reports that the motivation here is to maximize his next deal when the NBA's new television contract is in place, which they say could raise the salary cap to $80 million in 2016. There is also uncertainty with the current collective bargaining agreement starting in 2017, because the owners destroyed a leaderless Players Association during the last lockout. With the players all but certain to demand huge givebacks amidst skyrocketing franchise valuations, all signs point to LeBron being the centerpiece of an even more complicated Decision Part 3.

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Heat owner Micky Arison handled LeBron Jame's departure from Miami with class, thanking LeBron for his time.

"I am shocked and disappointed in today's news," Arison wrote on his Twitter account. "However I will never forget what LeBron brought us for four years. Thanks for memories [LeBron James]."

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LeBron James will return to Cleveland as a member of the Cavaliers, he announced on Friday.

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After flying with LeBron James from Las Vegas to Miami, Dwyane Wade was reportedly "still unsure" whether LeBron was favoring the Heat or Cavaliers.

This non-update is par the course with LeBron's free agency. He met with the Heat on Wednesday but he's said nothing publicly, and it's not even guaranteed that he'll announce his decision before leaving for the World Cup final in Brazil this weekend. The longer he stays silent the more frenzied the speculation becomes -- his official website has been crashing due to heavy traffic for three days, and he's had more Google searches this week than at any point during the NBA's regular season.

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Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert's infamous letter to LeBron James remains a complicating factor in James' decision whether to return to Cleveland, according to ESPN.com.

A source told Chris Broussard, "If it wasn't for that letter, this would've been done awhile ago." The letter's comic sans font has become a punchline in the four years since Gilbert wrote it following "The Decision," but it's vitriolic content is no laughing matter for James, and it won't be amusing to the Cavs either if he chooses to re-sign with Miami. LeBron is expected to announce his decision before leaving for the World Cup on Saturday, but there are no guarantees.

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LeBron James is traveling back to Miami on Thursday night and will then travel to Brazil.

He is expected to travel to Brazil on Saturday, so he'll have a little over a day to make his decision stateside. Of course, he could make his decision while in Brazil and do something associated with the World Cup -- ESPN does have a fancy set at the Copacabana beach after all. Regardless, it doesn't sound like we'll be hearing his decision on Thursday night.

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LeBron James has no plans to travel to Ohio on Thursday, according to multiple media reports.

James has been at his basketball camp in Vegas for the past few days where he met with Pat Riley and has been visited by Dwyane Wade. Reports that he was to announce his decision around 3:00 pm ET on Thursday have proved to be erroneous, and it seems the waiting game for his announcement will continue.

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Bath, Ohio police say they are not preparing for extra police details, according to NBC's Tom Winter.

So goes the ongoing speculation surrounding LeBron. Whether he is or is not announcing his decision in the near future, the NBA world will remain on edge until he clarifies where he will be taking his talents to next.